Sunderland striker Will Grigg’s potential departure from the Stadium of Light is in doubt.
That’s according to a claim made by Alan Nixon, with The Sun journalist revealing on Twitter that Doncaster Rovers have “a couple of things to do” before they can finalise a move for the Black Cats centre-forward, who had been expected to leave the League One leaders prior to Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
When asked whether or not the 30-year-old seemed likely to join Rovers, Nixon said: “A couple of things to do to make that happen.”
Indeed, a subsequent claim made by Rob Staton threw further doubt on the Northern Ireland international’s move, with the BBC Radio Sheffield journalist stating on Twitter: “Doncaster want Will Grigg but at this stage it seems unlikely.”
Grigg has been poor over his two-year spell at the Stadium of Light, and should his move to Doncaster indeed fall through, it could then cast doubt as to whether Lee Johnson will be able to afford a move for Bayern Munich forward Leon Dajaku. Therefore, these latest updates regarding the 30-year-old are sure to have left Sunderland fans gutted.
Indeed, over his 62 appearances for Sunderland, the £1.08m-rated man has found the back of the net on just eight occasions, while the former Wigan Athletic hitman has also been blunt creatively, providing his teammates with just three assists.
When taking into account the man who Jack Ross claimed is “desperate to be a success” cost the Black Cats a League One record transfer fee of £4m back in 2019, as well as earning a substantial £6k-per-week during his time on Wearside, it would not seem unfair to claim that Grigg has been a considerable waste of money for the club.
Furthermore, should the centre-forward’s failure to secure an exit from the club subsequently rule out Johnson’s own move for Dajaku, not only would the Mackems be stuck with a player who is quite clearly not in the manager’s first-team plans, they would also be missing on a youngster who appears to be an incredibly exciting prospect. Such an outcome would undoubtedly leave everyone involved with the club feeling frustrated.